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Oakland City Council Wants Police Chief Out
Originally From New America Media Tuesday, January 27, 2009 : OAKLAND Police Chief Wayne Tucker should resign or be fired because of scandals plaguing his department, Oakland council members said Monday a position they plan to announce at a news conference today while calling for a vote of no-confidence.
The embattled chiefs resignation had not been offered to the mayor, nor had Mayor Ron Dellums asked for it, acting City Administrator Dan Lindheim said Monday.
Tucker, 65, walked through the council chamber before Dellums State of the City address Monday and seemed resolute, snapping at a television photographer to get his camera out of my face. He said Monday he was not resigning but would not comment when asked about his future.
He quickly left City Hall after the mayors speech, again refusing to speak to a crowd of reporters pressing him for answers.
Council members, pointing to the departments raft of problems from the handling of the investigation in journalist Chauncey Baileys 2007 killing to the firing of a dozen officers for falsifying search warrants to reports last week that Tucker promoted a captain to be the head of the internal affairs division with a record of administrative charges for interfering in an internal affairs investigation said Monday the department needs new leadership.
Council President Jane Brunner said she and several colleagues would discuss at a news conference the need for a no-confidence vote against Tucker. Brunner declined to discuss specifics, but others said their minds are made up and that Tuckers four-year reign should end.Read More